Oh great; I just updated it to include the text.
It's very interesting to connect trees and nature with plant medicines. I mean, duh, of course it's the same! With plant medicines you ingest the essence of the plant, and it teaches you, in a very loving, humbling manner. Ayahausca in particular will also bring up issues that you want to work with.
Speaking to the trees is pretty much the same experience - they are showing me nothing but love, and yet showing me the tough things about myself. I'm actually going to the rainforest in Peru for a month soon (to work with the medicine) so this is like training for it!
I've just read a few more articles and they have some really interesting insights (mostly in the comments):
http://www.holistic-mindbody-healing.co ... trees.html
" I have been able to talk to trees for ages. In exactly the same way you become silent and put your hand in the tree and open your mind. You then feel emotions flow from the tree. I found not all trees can do this or maybe they don't want to talk or maybe they are hibernating. I don't know. Some trees only seem to show emotion as a group, some trees can't speak when they are young. The best trees I have found so far are beech. It is an amazing feeling to experience though and it is nice to know that someone else can do this. I thought only people who are genetically like me could do this. I wish more people could then perhaps we would be kinder as a race. "
"I have received great solace from trees during difficult times – they are patient listeners. They taught me that they thrive on the same sort of tension that wrecks my back and shoulders. For them it's strengthening. Leaning against a trunk while sitting quietly is all it takes to feel the energy transfer.
One of my favorite activities with a tree is what I call sense exchange. I allow the tree to smell or hear or see through me. In return, the tree will often show me something of itself. I learned from a tree that when a bird lands on a branch, it becomes part of the tree until it flies away. Trees can speak with us over great distances. Mother Juniper and I shared stories with each other for years after I visited her more than 400 miles from my home.
For me, talking with trees has always been a 2-way exchange, a conversation. I feel that we are connected by a similar life force. It is out of my respect for them that I ask permission before pruning. Trees appreciate that we share this planet, even though humans have caused the death and destruction of so many of their "people." "